Graham Cracker Cake with Sour Cream Chocolate Frosting

By sarah kieffer | the vanilla bean blog
June 15, 2015
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Author Notes: From The Settlement Cookbook: The Way To A Man's Heart by Lizzie Black Kandersarah kieffer | the vanilla bean blog

Serves: 8-12

Ingredients

Graham Cracker Cake

  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 1/2 pound (about 15) finely ground graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole milk

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

Directions

Graham Cracker Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and line two 8-inch cake pans (at least 2-inches tall) with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the egg whites until stiff (3-4 minutes). Transfer whites to a clean bowl and wipe out the mixer bowl.
  3. In the now-clean standing mixer bowl, beat the butter with the paddle attachment until creamy (1-2 minutes). Add the sugar and beat again until light and fluffy (3-5 minutes). Scrape down the sides and add the egg yolks and vanilla, and beat again until combined.
  4. Add 1/3 of the graham cracker mixture, and mix on low until combined. Add half of the milk, and then another 1/3 of the graham crackers, and then the milk, and then the remaining graham crackers, mixing until just combined after each addition.
  5. Remove the mixing bowl from the stand. With a spatula, gently fold in the beaten egg whites until completely combined (no white streaks remaining). Evenly divide the cake batter between the two prepared pans, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the cakes are golden, and a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean (or with just a tiny bit of crumb).
  6. Move cakes to a wire rack, and let them cool in their pans for 30 minutes. Invert on to a wire rack, and let cool completely before frosting. (Cakes can also be wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated over night.)

Chocolate Sour Cream Frosting

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